Types of Water Damage and Health Risks

Types of Water Damage and Health Risks

CATEGORY 1: Clean Water

CATEGORY 1: Clean Water

Water that escapes from a clean and sanitary source such as faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains. However, Category 1 can quickly degrade into Category 2 if not dealt with right away.
CATEGORY 2: Grey Water

CATEGORY 2: Grey Water

Commonly known as grey water, this describes water that is contaminated with chemical, physical, or biological elements or water that travels through another material, such as insulation or drywall, which may cause illnesses.
CATEGORY 3: Black Water

CATEGORY 3: Black Water

Water that contains significant pathogens and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Also called “black water”.

Category 3 water includes:

Classes of Water Damage

The class of damage is important when assessing water damage repair options. Class 1 is the least harmful form of damage. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage repair is the easiest in this type of situation. Class 2 has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions may be damaged. Water damage repair is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage. Class 3 has the fastest rate of evaporation. In this case, the water may come from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, soaking the walls and furniture. Class 4 requires special water restoration and water removal procedures. This type of damage may affect hardwood floors, plaster, and concrete.

WHAT IS BLACK WATER AND WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT IT?

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